We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Great picture, but McDonald's is an abomination. The horse gets a healthier diet than the drivers!
Nobody in my family ever eats there. One look at the health of people who regularly eat there is enough of a cautionary tale...
Enough already with taunting Prince Charles. He's worked hard, he is on the right side of the nutrition and farming issues, and if he is a little extreme, blame it on the fact that his mom doesn't know when to step down and let her boy take over the family business. George III and Queen Victoria did the same thing, holding on to power too long and blighting the adult working life of their heirs. If you give a person meaningless, figurehead type work, it can curdle them inside, and waste their talents. He may have had foolish taste in his choice of his first wife, but give the guy a break!
I don't believe in "live and let live" when it comes to people indulging themselves in atrocious health habits, whether they be drinking, drugging, eating excessively, smoking, whatever...Most susceptibility to illness and diseases is genetic and I therefore believe that those of us with good physical constitutions should be willing to share the risk of those less fortunate. But when it comes to people who wilfully exacerbate their own ill health and drive my health insurance rates up, then I will be as obnoxious as it takes. I don't have to pay for your diabetic care if you developed it after years of gluttony. It is one of the seven deadly sins.
We all struggle against wanting things that are bad for us, of course. But when a doctor tells me that a blood level of something is dicey, or that a health habit of mine is bad, I do something to correct it. It would not be fair to expect others to shell out their money to fund my willful self-destruction.
Likewise, as a stressed out working mother with a family, I can testify that it is not only possible but enjoyable and far better for my family to cook everything from scratch, and rarely if ever resort to fast food. It takes less time to steam rice and stir fry than to park, wait in line, and buy greasy garbage at the golden arches. On the rare occasions (3 or 4 times a year) when we eat out, the family enjoy the different setting and seasonings, but invariably conclude that they prefer home cooking.
Families should sit down together over home-made meals every day. It doesn't matter if the husband, the wife or an older kid is the one to cook it, but we owe it to each other to feed each other with loving care.
You can call that self-righteous. Don't even get me started on breastfeeding and the damage people do their kids by feeding them formula...I'm more rabid on that topic ! With the exception of communicable diseases, or a mother needing meds that would harm the baby and the exceedingly rare instances of a mother being physically incapable of breastfeeding (and not simply unwilling or caring more about her husband's sexual jealousy of anyone but him having access to her breasts), all mothers and babies would be better off without formula.